A response from a former communications student
Yesterday I read a blog post that really made me angry. It was called “A Question for all you Communications Majors” on the blog Darwin’s Money. Basically, the blog author thought communications degrees were useless, silly, and a waste of time and money. He believes that anyone taking communications must see that there are no well-paying job opportunities for someone with a “fluff” degree. The author didn’t understand why anyone would consider majoring in something worthless like communications, and likened it to basket weaving.
As someone who has an education in communications, of course I disagree with his stance.
The blog author stated that students majoring in communications most likely started their education with high hopes, only to leave school disillusioned and broke – with massive amounts of student loan debt, a useless “joke” degree, and a low paying job to look forward to. Saying that a communications degree is useless, or that you are unemployable because of it, is a really narrow minded statement. Why is it useless? How are you unemployable? Do people not need to communicate in a professional environment? Are we not communicating right now through our blogs? Are there not PR, media, marketing, advertising, journalism, broadcasting and writing jobs available out there? Because I’m pretty sure there are. There are so many reasons why I think the author’s statements are dumb, and I think they’re pretty obvious.
Five years after graduating, I’m utilizing my education in communications to its fullest potential by creating multiple streams of income, purchasing my own home, and working towards my goal of financial independence. I travel multiple times a year, contribute regularly to my retirement portfolio, and am living a pretty comfortable life. All this with a “useless” education. Imagine that!
It’s so easy for people to knock down degrees like psychology or communications because they don’t think it’s as challenging as the degree they pursued, or because they don’t understand how to make that kind of education work for them. But you can be successful in anything you do – with any degree you choose – even if it’s no degree at all! For example, I think I’ve done fairly well for myself with just a diploma. Because when it comes down to it, it’s all about work ethic, the desire to achieve and learn, and understanding where your strengths lie.
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.